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By George van Driem

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B) Homorganicity of consecutive nasal phonemes is limited to regressive assimilation of dental /n/ to bilabial /m/ and progressive assimilation of bilabial /m/ to velar /η/. The former has already been dealt with under the preceding assimilation rule. The latter is limited to the PP, 1PS/PT and NP suffixes. /m/ [η] / /η/ , eg. na/ (c) Dental /n/ optionally assimilates or /kh/: /kc-n-kho·s-u-n/, [kcng^O'sun] 'you s didn't find it'. , suggest that glottal stop may regressively assimilate to a following nasal, diachronically giving rise to geminates.

The dual and generalized dual morphemes The underlying form of all dual and generalized dual morphemes is <-si>. Dual morphemes denote duality of actant, whereas generalized dual morphemes denote non-singularity of actant. Generalized dual morphemes historically derive their meaning through over-generalization of the original dual sense to include the notion of plurality. The dual morpheme of nominal flexion is <-si>, eg. manasi '[two] men'. 9). 3). 1). In -»3 forms, duality and plurality of a non-singular third person patient are not distinguished; the non-singularity of a third person patient is indicated by a generalized dual morpheme.

Is its synthetic plural. The demonstratives koij 'this' and its synthetic plural koqha? 'these' are likewise used as third person pronouns, though less frequently because they constitute the more marked member of the proximal/distal distinction in the demonstratives. I suspect that the demonstratives it/icij and koq have only in recent times come to be used as third person pro- 26 2. Nominal morphology nouns because they behave differently than the personal pronouns in some respects, whereas they also exhibit behaviour unique to personal pronouns.

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